Fr 4.12.20

ORIENTierungsplan Podcast #4: On Cultural Production & Conflict Zones – in conversation w/ Tewa Barnosa

ACUD STUDIO 16h → Talk

Erkan Affan
Radio / Podcast
in collaboration with Cashmere Radio

Episode #4: On Cultural Production & Conflict Zones – in conversation with Tewa Barnosa.
Tune in on Friday, 4th December, 4pm on and UKW 88.4 in Berlin, 90.7 Potsdam

Tewa Barnosa provides context to her artistic practice of working with languages and scripts to explore socio-political contexts, exemplifying some of her previous works in Tripoli and Berlin. She similarly speaks on the tentative nature of cultural production in a country facing conflict, as well as on the need to artistically document in the diaspora to fight against erasure.


ORIENTierungsplan a series of discussions that decentre Euro-American productions of knowledge as the norm of focus, instead opting to spotlight voices from a region regularly finding itself at the periphery of conversation: West Asia and North Africa (or MENA). Curated and chaired by Erkan Affan, ORIENTierungsplan is a monthly discussion in which activists, artists and researchers living in Berlin will be invited to speak on a field in which they organize, create and work; subverting Western discursive supremacy and instead focusing on alternative productions, analyses and pedagogies of #KNOWLEDGE.

The population of countries and societies belonging to the predominant Western world and culture has been summarized under the acronym WEIRD - “Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic”—however, the members of these WEIRD societies are among the least representative populations in the world in terms of numbers.

With its exploration called #KNOWLEDGES, the COLLECTIVE PRACTICES program puts its focus on practices that question and turn WEIRD paradigms upside down, break up and recombine them, bring together different cultural approaches to knowledge generation, and address questions such as (among others) how to critically question established hegemonic Western methods (primarily visual and discursively defined) and processes of knowledge production.

Over the course of several months, this series examines “collective practice” as it relates to artistic creation, cultural organizing and social coexistence. Together with all participating players, we, a team of cultural producers, look forward to researching, discussing, understanding and practicing collectivity across four thematic explorations (#NARRATIVES / #KNOWLEDGES / #CARE / #RESISTANCE).

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Since 2014 the initiative ACUD MACHT NEU operates three spaces at Kunsthaus ACUD. The aim is to offer room for discourse, exchange and experimental artistic formats. Further projects of Acud Macht Neu are: the artist development program Amplify and the discussion series Kapsel about science fiction literature from China.

Tewa Barnosa (b. 1998)
... is Libyan Tamazight artist and cultural producer, She was born and raised in Tripoli and currently based in Berlin, her practice moves around Identity and belonging definitions, ancient histories and uncertain futures of
languages, written, oral and collective memory in the social and political context of Libya and North Africa, Barnosa focuses on the use of different forms of Tifinagh and Arabic calligraphy and texts as the main elements in her artistic production, She experiments with paper based works, installations, digital
mediums, moving images and sound art. Barnosa founded WaraQ art foundation in 2015, an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to support the contemporary Libyan art scene locally and in the diaspora, Through encouraging socio-critical dialogue between artists and audiences. She curated and organised several exhibitions, projects and activities that took place in WaraQ’s space, and in the public spaces of the old
city of Tripoli.